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Father of drowned teenager pays tribute to his son

The father of Aaron Burgess, the teenager who drowned in the River Avon at Saltford earlier this week, has described his son as 'a fantastic, happy go lucky boy'.

Jay Burgess also warned other teenagers about the dangers of swimming in rivers.

Aaron was a fantastic happy go lucky boy. He was very popular and he was loved by everybody. I'm completely devastated by what's happened and I will miss him so terribly.

I am grateful for all of the kind words of support from his friends and the cards and flowers which have been left.

I am also extremely grateful for the efforts of all of the emergency services and the Search & Rescue Teams.

I know that everything was done to save him but unfortunately it was just not possible.

I can only hope now that other young people realise the dangers of swimming near weirs and in rivers.

– Jay Burgess

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